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|Baule, Côte d'Ivoire|
With a deliciously smooth reddish patina, carved of hardwood that is of the earliest vintage, this antique Baule female figure is a fine work of sclupture. The lush patina reflects years of oiling and handling, This piece, carved from a single piece of wood, shows an introverted but slightly expressive face, a highly detailed, incised coiffure with a single teardrop rear braid, and detailed hands and other body features. The figure has muscular legs and arms, and naturalistic features throughout. There is an old, preexisting crack on the rear, which one may wish to have professionally restored. Baule figures can be among the most elegant and carefully designed pieces in Africa. While the Baule carve figures for a number of critically important uses, it is most likely that this dignified figure embodies a female spirit from the other world. One can ascertain that this piece represents a blolo bla, or spirit wife figure. Historically, they have been carved with a counterpart figure, an otherworldly husband. It has been believed that if these figures were well taken care of that they helped their human partners in all areas of life. Traditionally, and more specifically, they functioned as the home of a spirit to whom sacrifices were made and had to be placated with care, often forming a mirror for the onlooker to assist in corrective behavior. (Photo source of a Baule shrine is @ Ravenhill, University of Virginia).It must be noted when existing scholarship is consulted that there may have been other possible functions for the figure that should not be entirely eliminated from a discussion about its original function. For example, asye usu figures (often elegantly carved standing male and female figures) were the abode of spirits associated with diviners, and bo usu sculptures were shrine figures to which sacrifices were made.
|Lot ID: 16|
|Low Estimate: $4,200|
|High Estimate: $6,200|
|Next Bid: $2,200|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, oils|
|Dimensions: 14.5" (36.83 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Côte d'Ivoire|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Lot 16-19 Baule Shrine Figure photo source - National Museum of African Art. Further expertise:|
Barbier (Jean Paul), editor, "Arts de la Côte d'Ivoire dans les collections du Musée Barbier-Mueller", 2 vols. Genève: Musée Barbier-Mueller, 1993
|Provenance: Ex. Alain Lecomte, Paris (original certificate of authenticity and ownership included), Ex. Collection Daniel Klein, Paris, for a comparable figure perhaps from the same workhop, see Yale Archive No. 0106724~01|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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